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Responding to the latest inactivity stats in the UK from the ONS showing that 2.55 million people are out of the labour market due to long-term sickness, Chris Thomas, head of IPPR's Commission on Health and Prosperity, said:

"More people are now out of work due to ill health than any other time since records began. This is a damning indictment of this government’s record on our health. Long-term sickness is fatally undermining our economy and holding back people’s ability to live long, happy and prosperous lives.

“The government need to stop viewing investment in good health as a cost to control and instead see it is the best medicine for our economic malaise. It’s time to make better health a core, central and cross-department mission of government: so we can tackle the NHS crisis, take bolder action on public health issues like obesity, and act on the root causes of poor health: including insecure work, poor quality housing and poverty.”